|Category:||Wine – Still – Red|
|Grape variety:||Sangiovese, Merlot|
|Producer:||Azienda Agricola Canneto|
The Canneto vineyard has a long tradition of wine making
The Canneto vineyard, on the western slopes of Montepulciano, near the wonderful church of Madonna di San Biagio, has a long tradition of wine making. Since the purchase the current Swiss owners have restored the buildings with great respect for the rich wine growing tradition. A new wine cellar has been built, new machinery and equipment installed and the vines and olive trees have been pruned and when necessary replaced.
The vineyard covers some 48 hectares, of which about 26 hectares are planted with vines. Fifteen hectares are registered for the Vino Nobile. The vines are grown on moderately heavy, pebbly mar soil between 350 and 400 metres above sea level. The vines are raised on predominantly south west facing slopes in a horizontal spurred cordon system. A further four hectares of land is devoted to the cultivation of olives for extra virgin olive oil.
Grapes: Sangiovese 50%, Merlot 50%
Harvest time: mid September (Merlot) last days of September (Sangiovese)
Type of harvest: hand selection of grapes
Soil type: medium, loose Altitude: 300/400 meters a.s.l
Orientation: South-West Average of vineyards: 21 years
Training system: horizontal spurred cordon
Planting density: 5.200 vines per hectare
Grape production: 50 quintals per hectare
Vinification method: the grapes are de-stemmed, soft pressed and subsequently fermented in stainless steel vats at a controlled temperature with the addition of selected yeasts. Maceration lasts 12 days for Merlot and 20 days for Sangiovese.
Ageing method: ageing takes place in French oak tonneaux for 24 months, followed by at least 12 months in bottle.
Black currant, bitter cherry, licorice, leather and sage are discernible in this rich, complex and well-structured red wine with a fruity and spicy finish.